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13 dead in Agra-Lucknow Expressway accident

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Ferozabad, 13 Feb : Thirteen people were killed and 31 others injured as the bus in which they were travelling collided with a truck on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway.

The accident took place on Wednesday night in Firozabad. All the injured have been admitted to the Sefai medical college. Vishwa Deepak, Medical Officer, Emergency Ward of Sefai Mini PGI, said: “At least 31 injured patients have been admitted to the hospital and 13 were brought dead.”

Superintendent of Police (Rural) Rajesh Kumar said: “The sleeper bus was going from Delhi to Motihari (Bihar). The double-decker bus hit the container truck from behind.”

Taking cognizance of the accident, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed the District Magistrate and Senior Superintendent of police to reach the spot and oversee relief work.

He also issued directives for proper treatment of the injured.

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Post Delhi Polls, LPG Price Hiked By Rs 144 Per Cylinder

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New Delhi: Barely a day after the poll process in Delhi concluded with the AAP bagging 62 seats, the prices of LPG cylinders were hiked by a steep Rs 144.50 to Rs 858.50 per cylinder on Wednesday.

This was one of the steepest increases in LPG prices in over 5 years. A
non-subsidised 14.2 kg cylinder will now cost Rs 858.50 in New Delhi, Rs 896 in Kolkata, Rs 829.50 in Mumbai and Rs 881 in Chennai.

Usually LPG prices are revised on the 1st of every month, however, amid Delhi elections the process was deliberately delayed.

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Second batch of 20 foreign envoys arrives in Jammu and Kashmir

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Srinagar, 12 Feb : More than 20 foreign envoys began their two-day Jammu and Kashmir visit on Wednesday with a Shikara ride in the iconic Dal lake in Srinagar.

The second batch of foreign envoys will visit Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. The visit comes a month after a delegation of ambassadors visited the Union Territory last month. The diplomats belonging to the European Union including Germany, France, Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria and Hungary will be in Srinagar for a day on Wednesday and in Jammu on Thursday.

Sources say the delegation will be briefed about the security situation in Kashmir by top army commanders. The foreign delegation is also likely to meet business representatives and others during its stay in Srinagar and Jammu. In Jammu, the envoys will meet Lt. Governor G.C Murmu.

The visit also comes days after the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) was slapped on former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers – Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti. Security has been beefed up in Srinagar and the areas around the hotel where the delegation of foreign envoys will be staying.

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Geelani’s health critical, Valley on high alert

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New Delhi, 12 Feb : Security has been put on high alert in the Valley amid rumours about the critical health condition of separatist Kashmiri hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

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